NLS Youth '97 Cohort

National Longitudinal Survey of Youth - 1997 Cohort
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Men and women born in the years 1980-84
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NLS Youth 1997
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National Longitudinal Survey of Youth | 1997
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Errata for NLSY97 Round 16 Release


Variable Correction: Created Number of Household Members under Age 6 and under Age 18 in Round 13 (2009) [POSTED 5/8/2017]

Speech Data in the NLSY97

In round 15, speech data were collected to learn about the relationship between a worker's speech and his/her labor market success, elaborating on the pilot study carried out by Grogger (2011). There were two main steps involved: collecting audio data and converting the audio data into numerical data suitable for regression analysis. 

Important Information 

Appendix 12: Post-Secondary Transcript Study

A. Overview

The Post-Secondary Transcript Study (PSTRAN) was led by researchers from University of Texas-Austin, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Data collection and file documentation preparation were conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago. This study was funded by a grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (1 R01 HD061551-01A2).

Calculating Design-Corrected Standard Errors for the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, 1997


Errata for NLSY97 Round 15 Release

NEWEST POSTED ERRATA:  Posted 8/20/2015

Updated Employer UIDs in the Event History Status Arrays

A discrepancy was found between the Employer UIDs in the YEMP_UID variables and the event history variables (EMP_STATUS and EMP_DUAL) for a limited number of NLSY97 respondents. The updates are listed below and will be corrected with the upcoming release.

Errata for NLSY97 Round 14 Release

Recent Corrections and Changes to the NLSY97 data

1) PUBID and INTERVIEW variables on NEWSCHOOL roster – Rounds 3 through 13

Addendum: NLSY97 Post-Secondary Data and Transcript Data Files Now Available

1). A data release of NLSY97 Postsecondary student-by-term level and student level data is now available for public use. The student-by-term level data include all college terms for a student when the degree reported in that term is an Associate's, a Bachelor's, or a joint Bachelor's/ Master's degree. The student level data is a youth-level file that summarizes these term information.

Employment Program Input Variables - Appendix 2

These variables are used in both the Core Employment Variables program and the Hourly Rate of Pay/Compensation program.


Relationship to Household Parent Figures (Interview Date) - Appendix 3

Variable Created


Available for rounds 1-7, this variable indicates the relationship of the respondent to the primary adults in the household at the time of the interview. The round 7 program is included below; previous rounds are very similar.


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